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Task Force sends out RFP for lease and operation of Memorial Health System

The Colorado Springs City Council's Memorial Health System Task Force has sent out a request for proposals (RFP) to a target list of Colorado hospitals and health systems with greater than 100 staffed beds.  Responding companies will have until November 14 to provide proposals for Task Force consideration.               

Included on the target list are Adventist Health System Sunbelt Health Care Corporation and Catholic Health Initiatives, co-sponsors of Centura Health, which operates Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare System of Colorado Springs.  Adventist, CHI and Centura expressed they expect no anti-trust challenges based on business operation ideas they may suggest.

National health care companies are invited to partner with any of the targeted Colorado hospitals to submit proposals.

"The Task Force has worked very hard to develop an RFP package, along with a proposed lease, that will return proposals for operating Memorial Health System in a way that protects the excellent health care we have come to expect.  We look forward to a review of proposals," said Chairperson and Council President Pro-Tem Jan Martin.

The Task Force will use a two-step process to work towards at a consensus decision to present to City Council.  The first step will be a weighted review which will help to rank respondents.  The second step is an open discussion by Task Force members to take into account the entirety of each proposal.  A consensus decision is expected by Dec. 31, 2011.

City Council will consider any Task Force recommendation in their public meetings before placing any recommended course on the ballot.